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Kiss - 'Destroyer Resurrected' Hot

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You're not really getting a whole lot extra with this reissue of ‘Destroyer’.

Kiss never miss a trick when it comes to milking the Kiss cash cow and you’re not really getting a whole lot extra for your hard earned wonga with this reissue of ‘Destroyer’.

So what do you get? Well that depends on your perspective, as an average fan will find very little to the untrained ear, but for us more obsessive Kiss fans maybe quite a lot. I took the time, of course, to compare this with the 1997 re-master and the results are rather impressive. ‘Detroit Rock City’ benefits immensely and Gene Simmons’ fluid bass line has never sounded so fat. The vocals have a distinctive live feel and Ace Frehley’s guitar work has a wonderful bright reverb that breathes new life in to it. The special effects on ‘God Of Thunder’ have a more eerie quality and the drums sound like thunder in the mid section; it’s also clear the effects of the car crash at the end of ‘Detroit Rock City’ have also been greatly enhanced. This was always viewed as an ambitious album by Kiss standards, though is often wrongly, I feel, said to be their best: but that’s a whole different debate in itself…

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‘Great Expectations’ still sounds as odd as ‘Beth’ among the more classic moments, and if ever there were ever two songs that should have been kept for the solo albums it is these two. That said both Gene’s and Peter Criss’s vocals are so crystal clear it is as if they are in your room singing to you! ‘Flaming Youth’ benefits from some extra backing vocals to beef it up and Ace Frehley’s solo never sounded so space age; that said, I always felt the chorus was weak and along with ‘Sweet Pain’ a bit of a throwaway track.

Without doubt ‘Shout It Out Loud’ (a song heavily influenced by Slade) sounds both clear and solid. ‘Do You Love Me’ a song only Paul Stanley could have written, captures every breath and yelp from the star child and the end piano refrain is more audible then ever before. But anyone hoping for a wealth of unreleased outtakes or live tracks will be solely disappointed as all that is included is an alternative take of ‘Sweet Pain’. What is interesting is this actually features an Ace Frehley solo, and it also dispels the myth that Ace never showed up to play his parts and that’s why Dick Wagner had to play it…

The cover depicts the original art idea and costumes that were rejected, and producer Bob Ezrin offers us a lengthy essay on the making of this album and his thoughts some 35 years later. In my opinion a vinyl issue of this release will truly benefit the artwork while a few more bonus songs on the CD would have enhanced the value.

Ray Paul

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